Episode 040: Michael Hyatt on Goal-Setting and Making 2015 Your Best Year Ever [PODCAST]

It’s that time of year again…when everyone is thinking about the year ahead. What’s 2015 looking like for you? Do you have a clear vision for what you want to achieve and do this year?

Interview with Michael Hyatt on Goal Setting

Today’s guest can help you get clear on your objectives for this year. He’s someone I consider to be a mentor and he’s the man who originally inspired my blog and ultimately my podcast.

Today, Michael Hyatt and I talk about the power and importance of setting goals and how to make 2015 your best year ever.

Some of the questions we cover are:

Let’s be honest…goal setting sounds boring. What’s so important about goal setting?

What’s the difference between goals and New Year’s Resolutions?

If goals are so important, why don’t some people, maybe most people, set goals?

What are some goals of yours that you hit in 2014?

What do you do when you miss your goals?

Why is dealing with the past first so important?

What do you say to someone who hasn’t dreamed in what seems like forever?

Who should we share our goals with?

How do you use goals as a filter for what you should be doing throughout the year?

From Mark Alan Williams: How does your faith impact how you go about setting goals and what kind of goals that you set?

What makes 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever stand out from the crowd of products that teach goals?

About Michael

Michael Hyatt is a leadership and personal development expert with a lifelong track record of achieving big goals and inspiring others to do the same.

He is the author of eight books, including Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller. And, he was recently named one of Forbes magazine’s Top 50 Social Media Influencers of 2013. Michael is also the former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the seventh largest trade book publishing company in the U.S.

Michael is a top-rated blogger on leadership, personal development, productivity and platform-building at MichaelHyatt.com, where he has 500,000 monthly readers, over 235,000 Twitter followers, and nearly 50,000 Facebook fans.

Michael has been married to his wife, Gail for thirty-six years. Together, they have five daughters, five grandsons, and three granddaughters. They make their home outside of Nashville, TN.

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Michael Hyatt 5 Days to your Best Year Ever

Episode Links and Resources

Michael’s book: Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

My Review of Michael Hyatt’s 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever

5 days to your best year ever by Michael Hyatt

Make 2015 your Best Year Ever. Get Michael’s course here (and get two exclusive bonuses worth $598).

10X Talk Podcast with Dan Kennedy and Joe Polish

Derek Sivers TED Talk on Goals


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  • I really appreciated Michael’s answer on what he does when he reaches a goal. So often, I fail to celebrate after achieving a goal. I get focused on the next thing and forget to take the opportunity to reflect and celebrate.

    • Guest

      I’m looking forward in a grand celebration when we both dunk a basketball this year :)

    • Tim Gradoville

      I’m looking forward to a grand celebration with you when we both dunk a basketball this year :)

      • Yes… After Sunday night’s trial run, I see I have my work cut out for me. I think you are a bit closer than I am. I will value your encouragement as we move “upward” towards this goal. As a site note, I’ve already lost 6 pounds this year. I think this will be a big help as I raise my game.

    • That was a question I was looking forward to asking. Glad I got it in :)

  • Tim Gradoville

    This is the first year I’ve actually written down goals for the year. I put columns for “The What”, “The How”, and “The Why” so I could better identify the reasons why I am going after those goals and ideas on how to get there. I’m excited to see positive changes in my life and have already felt a renewed sense of self since I now have something tangible I can look at when those moments come up that make it difficult to stick to the goals. Thanks for sharing the interview!

    • According to Michael (and I’ve seen it elsewhere), just writing them down gives you a 40-50% great chance of hitting them. Great first step Tim!

    • Tim, I’m so glad you stopped by Matt’s site. If you are looking for some daily inspiration and encouragement, I’d recommend adding his blog and podcast to your reading and listening routine.

      • Tim Gradoville

        Jon, I have been getting his blog in my inbox for almost a year now and do find inspiration and encouragement from it. It all started with the Thank You Revolution and I’ve seen how it affects people when they read a thank you note I write them. In the world of email and texting, a handwritten thank you note really stands out and makes people feel special!

        • That’s great to hear Tim! The Revolution is coming back this year. Look out!

        • Cool! I forgot you made that connection.

  • Goal setting is NOT my favorite thing to do ever. I never used to even think about it until I got married. My husband is big on it and very good at if. After 11 years of marriage, I have seen our goals met over and over. What I love about Michael’s approach to what he teaches is the fact that he certainly walks the talk and that he makes complex topics very approachable and definitely not so scary. I have had the honor of meeting him in person (sorry, Matt, I had to put in my one-up comment) and I love his transparency and how honest he is about what has worked for him and what hasn’t. Thank you, Matt for this interview and thank you Michael for changing my perspective on life and business.

    • So you’ve been through the course Lily?

      • No, I’ve watched the videos and listened to his presentation with Stu McLaren.

        • Make sure to enter to win then! It’s worth every penny but free is good too :)

  • What would make 2015 my best year ever? I think being able to step away from my current work and begin working to truly help young people become the leaders the world needs. That would be it.

    • That would be awesome Joseph. What do you need (from others, to do, to become, to change) to make that happen?

      • That’s what I’m not sure of.

        • Start by asking others what they think you:

          -need to do
          -need to learn
          -need to become
          -need to change

          That will get you on the right track.

  • Danielle

    My 2015 WILL be the best ever because I am determined to make my blogs successful!

  • Melissa

    Thank you for sharing this interview. I have stubbornly been opposed to goal-setting, partly due to fear of failure and the idea that they can limit me from changing course/direction. Two of the most helpful segments of this podcasts were to hear the reasons why goals may not be met (for some reason it seemed so much more acceptable hearing them listed in this way) and the blocks that unforgiveness creates psychologically. Great job on the interview!

    • It was my pleasure Melissa!

      I enjoyed those reasons as well and how to handle each of them. I really loved how he explained what to do when it looks like you won’t reach a goal. That was a big help even to me.

  • Matt, this was a fantastic interview. Well done. My favorite take-away was what to do with a goal you don’t meet: recommit, revise, or remove. A great reminder that I don’t have to necessarily keep a goal just because I didn’t meet it. Again, thanks for this awesome interview.

  • Thanks Matt! Great interview! My biggest take away was what to do if you don’t meet a goal. I set goals last year and didn’t even come close to meeting them. I’ve been afraid to pull out my notebook and set new goals because I felt seeing my old, unmet goals would make me feel like a failure before I even started. Thanks for giving me the courage to revisit my goals and recommit to some, revise some and remove the ones that will no longer move me forward!

    • Don’t give up Tracy! I hope you’ll set even bigger goals this year and then hit them!

  • Shakeel

    Thank you Matt for sharing the interview. My biggest take away was setting the intentions and reasons what goals are not met.

    • I loved those too. Really focusing in on my WHY was important!

  • Thanks Matt for promoting this great course. I found your blog by happenstance, but your advice to take the BYE plunge is paying off in clarity and actionable steps. I signed up late in December and my wife and I finished the 5th part of the course last weekend. Actually, “finished” isn’t the right word. The exercises will serve us over and over again this year as we break our big, hairy, audacious goals into little mini projects and start gaining ground. The support group is great…hundreds of posts offering insights into how the attendees are makeing this course work for them.

    Thanks again for the recommendations.


    • Can’t wait to hear how it goes Dave. I see you aren’t too far away from me :)

      • I saw that! My wife and I were hoosiers until we were relocated for work a few years back? WE are in your fair city a couple times a month visiting family.

        • Let me know next time you are here and we can grab some coffee (or tea in my case)

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